Magical Container, Guri guri
Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia
Early 20th Century
Provenance: Monbrison Gallery, Paris

Batak objects reflect the dynamics of the region's cultural connections. This container would have stored magical ingredients used by shamans during ceremonies. The stopper has been delicately carved, and depicts the Batak's interest in animism and ancestor veneration. A stylized humanistic rider with inlaid shell eyes and horse hair detail sits upon a Singa figure. Singa figures are composite creatures, combining elements of a horse, with elements of a naga figure, or mythical snake.

Total height: 4.5 in / 11.4 cm
Height of the wooden stopper 1.75 in / 4.44 cm
IN 10-3-17 / Price on request

 

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